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5 Year Anniversary Gift: Ideas Your Partner Will Love

By Alexander Mathis 2 months ago 126 Views No comments

Happy five years to you! Finding someone to share your life with is special indeed. An anniversary is an opportunity to look back at the fond memories you have created so far and a chance to look toward the future for many more memories to come.

An anniversary can be the perfect time to take a much-needed vacation. It is a chance to hold a celebration that your friends and family can join in on. An anniversary can even be a chance to slow down and think about what changes you can make to create the most harmony possible in your relationship. No matter how you choose to celebrate, we have come up with a list that any partner is sure to love.


1. A Gift Basket Full Of Smaller, Thoughtful Gifts


A gift basket filled with small and meaningful gifts is a way to show your partner how much you pay attention. Instead of a single large gift, you can fill this basket with all of your partner's favorite things. Here are some items to consider:


  • T-Shirt with their favorite sports team or band.
  • A gift card to their favorite coffee shop.
  • Items to use during their favorite past time. It could be a new cuddly blanket for a nap, a sleeve of golf balls for their next round of golf, or tickets to the new movie they wanted to see.
  • Wood is this milestone anniversary gift according to tradition. You can get them a beautiful cheese board to set the stage for snacks on a date night.
  • You can also sweeten up the basket with their favorite chocolates.


Here are several sweet items your partner will not be disappointed in as part of their basket:


  • Nuttery Signature Chocolate Truffle Box — Featuring 36 handmade truffles, the chocolate lover in your life will be delighted. Wrapped in an elegant box with a box, they will not be able to contain the excitement of unwrapping and taste testing each piece of chocolate.
  • Chocolate Pops — Easy to eat, hard to forget. These chocolate pops come with six pieces of mini deliciousness in assorted flavor combinations.
  • Oreos in Milk Chocolate —You cannot go wrong with a nostalgic cookie like an Oreo enrobed in milk chocolate. This option features 36 pieces of hand-dipped oreo and chocolate goodness.
  • Nuttery Dairy Pops, Truffles, and Bark Gift Tray — Keeping with the traditional gift for a wedding anniversary of five years, this tray is made from wood and is in the shape of a square. This exquisite section tray is filled with handcrafted chocolates, pops, and bark that your loved one will be talking about for quite some time.
  • The Nuttery Dairy Chocolate Truffles Platter —Presented on an elegant metal hammered dish, this platter is stocked full of some drool-worthy treats. This beautiful gift includes chocolate flowers, truffles, and chocolates.
  • The Nuttery Dairy Truffles, Bark, and Oreos — Offered in a wooden box with four sections, this selection definitely hits the mark on both traditional five year anniversary gifts as well as delightful chocolates. It features chocolate covered Oreos, dairy truffles, and chocolate bark as well.
  • Nuttery Classic Chocolate Box — 8 pieces of classic, premium, diary truffles come beautifully wrapped in a signature paper box and ribbon. This is a simple and thoughtful gesture that can be used as an add-on to any gift.
  • Chocolate Praline and Peanut Butter Pops — If your partner is a lover of all things peanut butter or enjoys a treat on the nuttier side of things, this is the gift you have been looking for. Praline chocolate and peanut butter pops are the focal points of this four-piece token of affection.


2. A Weekend Getaway Or Day Trip


Who could not use a weekend getaway? Taking the time to reconnect with your partner is a great way to put a fresh foot forward. A peaceful retreat could be exactly what is in order to work toward the memories you want to create and the goals you want to achieve together. Revisiting the place you first met, heading to your hometown, or an exotic location is a way to strengthen the bond you already share.

If you don’t have time for an entire weekend, you can always make a day trip a priority. The options are endless as to where you can go or what you can do! You could:


  • Take in a new site together. Museums, festivals, hiking trails, or local wineries are all great options to think about for a day trip.
  • You can pick a city nearby and plan a breakfast, lunch, or romantic dinner date.
  • You could take a scenic drive, play your favorite music, and pack a picnic to enjoy.
Planning a trip does not have to be stressful or complicated. What matters most is spending time with your partner, acknowledging the significance of your anniversary, and showing appreciation for the company of the one you love. As long as you have those three ingredients, you will be sure to have a wonderful memory to add to your collection.



3. A Photobook Of The Past 5 Years


Creating a photo book to commemorate your anniversary is something you can enjoy creating, and your partner will certainly enjoy receiving it. Taking the time to highlight the experiences you have shared with your partner is a meaningful gift that they will not forget. It is far too easy to get caught up in life, work, children, and the plethora of other responsibilities that come our way. Taking the time to create is something that can add peace and joy to your day and remind you why you choose each other to begin with.


You can print and handcraft this special book. You will be able to add personalized touches and even adorn it with stickers and things that bring meaning to you both. You can also create this photo book entirely digitally adding captions and quotes to assist you in recalling the most intimate memories of you both. A photo book can be passed on to your children at some point so that they also have memories of your love story.


4. Jewelry


No matter the gender of your partner, jewelry is something that can last forever and make a special imprint in their heart. The wonderful thing about jewelry is that there is something for everyone. You can select an engraved necklace, a beautiful ring, bracelet, or even a watch. When giving a gift of jewelry, you can add flowers and chocolates to go with it.


You can make an engraved necklace or watch, a beautiful bouquet of their favorite flowers, and add a box of chocolates to accompany it all. Jewelry is a timeless and classic way to show your partner how much you think of them. When thinking of gifts for a special occasion like an anniversary, the thought behind your gift means everything.


Summary


In summary, finding the love of your life is a special occasion in and of itself. Life is made up of important milestones, and thoughtfulness and consideration go a long way over the course of a lifetime.Paying attention to subtle clues about your partner adds meaning and value to the bond you create. Remembering their favorite drink from the coffee shop, bringing home a special treat just for them after they have had a long day, having a meal prepared for them when they are rushing home to cook, all of those things show our partners that we care.Anniversaries can be made to seem like some cliche that is not that important to celebrate, but anyone that has ever been in love knows that is not the case. When you meet the person you choose to be your partner, you want to remember that special moment that you decided to reserve yourself for one another. Love should be celebrated often and well. Appreciation can be the glue that holds you and your partner together and strengthens your bond in ways you never could've imagined.


Personalizing gift-giving is making sure your partner feels special and unique in the exact moments that they should be. We realize you have a choice in where you go to make that happen. Celebrating an anniversary is a privilege, and The Nuttery NY sees it as our privilege to be able to provide you with the quality and consistency in a product you can trust and love as much as we do.


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https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/5-year-anniversary-gifts

https://www.livestrong.com/article/536440-much-energy-can-eating-coffee-beans/

https://www.allrecipes.com/article/what-truffle

Happy Rosh Hashanah: Appropriate Greetings And Gifts

By Alexander Mathis 2 months ago 104 Views No comments

As one of the holiest days in Judaism, Rosh Hashanah, or “first of the year,” celebrates the creation of the world and is known to be a time of reflection. When you think of New Year’s celebrations outside of the Jewish New Year, you may think of loud parties. While this holiday can be celebrated for two days, it is a more somber, prayerful, and contemplative celebration.

Rosh Hashanah is a time to celebrate the world God has created and to reflect on your part in the world over the last year. Are there areas for self-improvement? What were your takeaways, and how can you better plan to make use of the wonderment of the world as the next year unfolds?


Shanah Tovah!


If you have ever wondered what greetings to use for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, you have come to the right place. The greetings are not far removed from the secular New Year such as, “Happy New Year.” The main difference is that many of the greetings used for Rosh Hashanah are in the Hebrew language.
Hebrew is often thought of as a holy and sacred language. Here are several greetings that can be used for Rosh Hashanah and their meanings:


  • “L’shanah tovah” is another way of saying “Shanah tovah” and means “for a good year.”
There are many beautiful greetings that can be offered in celebration of Rosh Hashanah. The main point to remember is that when you’re thinking of a greeting, no matter the language, is that you are wishing someone a spiritually restored, renewed, and good year ahead.



Gift Giving During Rosh Hashanah


Sweets of many variations are a common theme during Rosh Hashanah. Sweets and honey are symbolic of a “sweet” New Year. It is also appropriate to ensure your gift is Kosher Certified.


The Nuttery NY offers an amazing selection of Kosher Certified products that will be a hit at any Rosh Hashanah celebration. Here are some perfect gift ideas to help you celebrate:


  • The Nuttery Honey Comb in Honey Jar — The significance of honey in celebration of Rosh Hashanah is in the hope of a sweet new year ahead. This would be the perfect gift to pair with fruit, such as apples, figs, or berries.
  • Rosh Hashanah Honey, Chocolate, and Dried Fruit Gift Tray — As there is a tradition of having something sweet, offerings of naturally sweetened dried fruit, honey, and delectable chocolate are a wonderful choice for just the right size portion of sweetness. The combination of fruit and kosher sweets is a theme central to this holiday.
  • Rosh Hashanah Gift Tray Pomegranate Gift Tray with Honey and Specialty Apple Shaped Dark Chocolate Bark — Seeds are abundant in the pomegranate fruit, and this can be representative of the abundance of good deeds you do in the New Year. This beautiful tray is not only overflowing with scrumptious treats, but some of these treats include a chocolate bark in the shape of an apple, honey, and the most delicious honey cookies dipped in chocolate. This gift is sure to be tried by all, but it will also leave behind a beautiful pomegranate shaped tray to be used time and again.
  • Nuttery Rosh Hashanah Specialty Chocolate Gift Platter — If you are looking to make an impression that will last the entire New Year, this specialty platter is sure to please your recipient. Featuring a beautifully crafted square wooden tray, you will find a gorgeous bottle of honey, and the tray also includes the following: coconut bark, graham cookies covered in chocolate, chewy caramel nut bars, nut crunch bark, cookie poppers, apple pops, and a two-tone roll.
  • Rosh Hashanah Mega Size Gift Tray — This gift comes in a rustic wooden box. This mega-size gift tray contains an ornate large bottle of honey, praline logs, chocolate bark, chocolate covered pretzels, chewy caramel nut bars, sweet nuts, and much more. This amazing gift tray is stocked full of delectable treats and is sure to be a hit with a large crowd.
  • Other gift-giving ideas include but are not limited to Jewish cookbooks and calendars, a lovely dish to serve honey from, honey-based lotions/products, pomegranate candles, or even hand towels featuring pomegranates.


Celebrating Rosh Hashanah


The holidays are a transformative time for all who celebrate. Rosh Hashanah is the start of the Jewish New Year. Not only does Rosh Hashanah mark the beginning of the New Year, but it also is the beginning of the “10 Days of Awe.” This holiday is spent in reverence for the world created for us and how our daily lives can impact our experiences in both a positive and negative way.


Celebrating Rosh Hashanah lasts two days. During this time, your time is divided between synagogue and meals involving a plethora of symbolism and meaning. The timing of Rosh Hashanah does change every year, but it typically falls in either the months of September or October. Rosh Hashanah is a time to spend meals with friends and family and to also prayerfully consider your actions of the last year and how you want to improve in the coming year.

There are many traditions and ways to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. A blast from a shofar, or rams horn, is used throughout this holiday to signify the presence of God. Many blessings are spoken over candlelight throughout this time. As a symbol of abundance or fertility, fish can be eaten. Pomegranate is also a feature during this time. The seeds of a pomegranate can symbolize the abundance of good deeds you intend to perform throughout the New Year or the wish for abundant blessings.

Food, often bread, can be broken and thrown into a body of water to demonstrate casting away of sins. Naturally sweet apples or honey are also consumed during this holiday to represent the wish for a “sweet” New Year.


Summary


In summary, there is something that any human can take away from the celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. It is a time where any person can take to self reflect. The importance of course-correction throughout the passage of time cannot be overstated. Unlike the secular New Year that can be spent at a loud party where you barely recall the name of the person standing next to you, Rosh Hashanah has the ability to encourage you to slow down and savor the time spent with the company you keep.


You can never go wrong with a gift that incorporates the tradition and symbolism associated with Rosh Hashanah. The Nuttery NY offers Kosher Certified gifts and offers the symbolism and handcrafted detail your recipients will appreciate long after the celebration ends. After a hearty meal, who wouldn’t appreciate a sweet confection to end with?

No matter the occasion, The Nuttery NY has you covered when it comes to selecting the perfect gift. We are Kosher Certified and make it our personal goal to ensure you have something wonderful to offer at any time of the year.


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How Is Chocolate Made and Why Is It So Delicious

By Alexander Mathis 2 months ago 104 Views No comments

As much as we want it to be true, Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory isn’t quite an accurate representation. Are you itching to learn more about your favorite sweets, where they came from, and how they are made? Then keep reading. There are tons of different kinds of chocolate that are made in a ton of different ways, and just wait until you hear about white chocolate…


The Basics Of Chocolate Making & Why We Love Chocolate


October arrives, which means it's chocolate time because the cocoa beans have reached their peak ripeness and are ready for harvest! Cocoa beans are harvested through-out the fall months, ending right around the start of December. After that, the process of turning a cocoa bean into a delectable sweet treat is tedious and time-consuming. (But, oh so worth it!).


Our weekly (or daily) fix of chocolate starts at the cocoa tree, where cocoa pods are harvested and then placed between layers of banana leaves, where they will be left to dry for six days. This process is called “heaping.” After the heaping process, the cocoa beans are sent to a factory where they will be transformed into that delicious thing called chocolate that we all love so much.


Chocolate Bark


Chocolate bark is great because you get a little bit of everything. It’s the perfect combination of rich and creamy, sweet and salty, and smooth and crunchy. Chocolate bark is made by first layering a tray with all the glorious fixings that will be in the finished bar, then melting down chocolate and spreading the warm gooey deliciousness on a tray over all the topping.Chocolate bark has a history just as rich as its flavor. This delicious sweet was originally referred to as “mediants” and started as a Christmas dessert. The array of colorful nuts and dried fruits were used as a color reference of the various monastic robes—Augustinians (hazelnuts), Carmelites (almonds), Dominicans (raisins), etc.While the traditional toppings can still be found in most chocolate bark recipes today, there is now much more variety.


Chocolate bark originated as a Christmas dessert, and while it is now enjoyed year-round, there is something about biting into that perfect peppermint chocolate bark that gives you that warm holiday season feeling we all love.


Truffles


Who would have thought a dessert named after fungus could taste so good? This mouthwatering sweet actually originated from a mistake made by the French culinary legend Georges Auguste Escoffier in the 1920s, and its name was coined after he noticed the resemblance it shared with black truffle fungus. In a moment of confusion, Escoffier accidentally poured hot cream into a bowl of chocolate chunks when aiming for creamed sugar.


He decided to try and benefit from his mistake rather than start from scratch, so from there, he took the soft moldable chocolate and rolled it into small balls, later revising his recipe by adding cocoa powder, dried nuts, or fruit to the outside. It is hard to believe something so decadent was made accidentally! Nowadays, you can enjoy truffles in a ton of different forms and flavors. Butterscotch and hazelnuts are both very popular options. Truffles are also commonly flavored with different champagnes and liquors, which gives them an extra rich flavor and adds layers to the already perfect creation.


Chocolate Logs


Like most delicious desserts, this rolled filled sponge cake or “yule” log originated in France. It is also the oldest cake to date. It all started in the iron age of Europe in the sacred tradition of burning logs decorated with holly, pinecones, or ivy for the welcoming of the winter solstice and in celebration of the longer days to come. As time went on, and the hearths within the homes began to get smaller and smaller, it became more challenging to carry on the original tradition of burning the large decorated logs. In efforts to keep the tradition going, the yule cake or “log cake” was born and has been carried on for generations since.

It is one of the most well-known holiday desserts to this day! While this famous dessert is now more commonly referred to as a chocolate log, the basis of the recipe is the same and still just as delicious. Chocolate logs are a staple for any holiday dinner, party, or get-together. Fun Fact: The ashes from the logs were considered sacred and would be used as medicine year-round.


Chocolate Dipped Fruit


When chocolate dipped fruit comes to mind, you most likely think of strawberries. Well, that makes perfect sense considering strawberries were the first fruit to be used in this delicious combo. It was the early 1960s in a small gourmet bakery in Chicago called the Stop n’ Shop, where an employee named Lorraine Lorusso came across a genius idea.


During an experimental session in efforts to find new recipes for the upcoming holiday season, Lorusso decided to try chocolate dipped fruit out, and it was an instant hit! Customers lined up for blocks to try this new way of enjoying their favorite sweet. Chocolate dipped fruit is now known for its variety and has evolved immensely since its early days on the shelf.

Bakeries everywhere used Lorusso's idea as a jumping-off point, and from there, the craze of chocolate-covered fruit skyrocketed! We all love a good batch of chocolate-covered strawberry or raspberries, but have you ever had chocolate covered dried fruit? Dried fruit has a richer sweetness and a chewy texture due to the way the sugars concentrate after the drying process, and none of the healthy nutrients are lost in the drying process. Get your daily fruit in-take from chocolate?

It doesn’t get much better! Chocolate covered Pineapple and Apricot are both delicious options for anyone trying this sweet treat for the first time.


Chocolate Clusters & Chocolate Drizzled Nuts


Chocolate clusters are nuts held together by buttery caramel or sweet honey. No evidence can pinpoint where or when these iconic sweet treats began, but here at The Nuttery, we are just glad we get to carry on the making of these melt in your mouth pieces of heaven.Chocolate clusters began with just peanuts as the base, but today you can find them in whichever nut you prefer, almond, cashew, hazelnut?


You name it, somewhere has it! Like most of these sweet treats, chocolate clusters have seriously upped their game since the early stages of the product. But we wanted to take it even further with our delectable Dairy Turtles. With pecans roasted to perfection all bound together with our smooth caramel and rich white chocolate, our take on chocolate clusters will probably make it in the history books themself!


White Chocolate


What even is white chocolate? A question that a lot of people have. Well, we have an explanation for you! White chocolate isn’t technically chocolate. It is made from cocoa butter, milk, sugar, and added spices/ingredients to personal preference and taste. Nestle Chocolate Company is responsible for the invention of the first white chocolate bar.


While it is a newer addition to the chocolate family, white chocolate quickly gained popularity and a great reputation all thanks to its elevated sweetness and extra creamy texture. Enjoying this decadent dessert in the form of a praline truffle is always a great treat; however, pairing this chocolate with a savory nut in the go-to, it gives the perfect combination of sweet and salty!

Fun Fact: What if we were to tell you that indulging in all these delicious desserts could help improve your brain health? One of the main ingredients in cocoa is flavanols, which can help brain functions thanks to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents. Some studies show that people that consumed dark chocolate with high flavanol levels performed better in memory exercises and quizzes than the participants that had a lower level of flavanol chocolate (milk or white).

While there isn’t enough research and data on the topic of chocolate and brain health for us to tell you that chocolate will 100% help improve your brain health, it’s still a good excuse to up us for upping your cocoa consumption!


In Conclusion


Who would have thought these sweet treats you enjoy on the daily would have such interesting and intricate histories behind them. You’re now a chocolate expert, and with this new-found knowledge of all things sweet, salty, crunchy, and delicious, it will make indulging in these decadent chocolates and desserts that much more enjoyable. Understanding the journey of each of these sweets will leave you extra appreciative after each indulgence.


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5 Sympathy Gift Ideas

By Alexander Mathis 2 months ago 412 Views No comments

The gift of sympathy is one of the most delicate gifts we have to offer. The loss of a loved one is never an easy subject to approach. The good news is that a Golden Rule comes into play in this situation. When you are thinking of how to approach sympathy toward one another, just remember to treat someone with as much dignity, respect, and compassion as you can offer.

It is safe to say that loss is something most people are not entirely prepared for. Gift giving during a time of grief can be a way to let someone know that they are still surrounded by love and compassion during a difficult experience or challenging season. When considering gift ideas, it’s important to consider the person as a whole and make sure to honor things like culture, religion, and a way to add a personal touch to those dealing with grief.


Each person and family handles a loss differently. Some families prefer a celebration of life, while others take a more subdued approach to grieving. It is always a good idea to send a gift of condolence in hopes of bringing light and love toward friends and families going through a hard time. A common misconception is that there is a timeline for sending a gift. Although it is ideal to send something as soon as possible, gift-giving should not be limited to directly after a loss.


Gifting Chocolates And Other Confections


Sending a gift at the anniversary date of a loss can be just as meaningful as it is to send one directly after it happens. Focusing on the relationship you have with the person or family you are extending a gift to is an important guide as to when sending a gift, or how often, is appropriate. Simple acts of kindness never expire. You never know when that kindness might be exactly what someone is in need of.


Different religions and cultures approach grief in many different ways. An example of this would be Shiva in Judaism. Shiva is a seven day period of mourning for the deceased’s immediate family. During this time, the mourner and family are expected to be visited by family and friends, and food is brought to them. This period of time is to offer as much support and care for those in mourning as possible.

In this particular instance, it is important to consider if the foods are Kosher Certified and any dietary restrictions they may follow. Here are some examples of gifts that can be sent during Shiva and all are Kosher Certified.

  • Gourmet Nut Tray with Individual Party Cups — This gorgeous tray offers a variety of gourmet sweet and salty nuts in individual cups. The display of individual cups allows for easy access to just the right amount of their favorite choice of nuts. The wooden tray can also be repurposed for use in the future.
  • The Nuttery Chocolates and Nuts Sympathy Gift — This Kosher Certified food tray offers the perfect combination of handcrafted chocolates and gourmet nuts. This would be the perfect gift for a colleague, client, or for a small gathering.


Send Flowers For The Viewing


Sending flowers to a funeral or viewing can be a way to provide comfort, pay respect, or offer cheer during a difficult experience. Flowers can be sent to a home, to a burial site, or to a viewing, if one is being held. There are no rules when it comes to sending flowers, bt religion and preference should be considered when doing so. If you are sending flowers, here are some important tips to remember:


  • Check in with family/friends to confirm the best time to send them to their homes.
  • If you are sending flowers to a funeral or viewing, confirm dates and times flowers will be accepted.
  • Check for the correct address, whether it is a home, funeral home, or burial site.
  • Order in advance to make sure your arrangement arrives at the appropriate date and time.


Memorial Wind Chimes


Wind chimes can be a beautiful gesture to remind family or friends of the peace and comfort of their loved one. A distinctive option for a sympathy gift, wind chimes have long been used as decorative items. When offering a memorial wind chime, it can be placed outdoor, indoor or in a garden to memorialize a loved one. Wind chimes can offer a calming, uplifting atmosphere and offer a measure of peace to someone who is grieving. Top reasons to choose a wind chime:


  • Offer soothing music to bring peace and calm.
  • Can be engraved with a beautiful memorial message or date.
  • Can be used indoors, outdoors, or even in a memorial garden.


Personalized Pendant


A personalized pendant is a great option to customize a meaningful piece of jewelry in remembrance of a loved one. A personalized pendant is an item that can be worn on any occasion, and in times of sorrow, can help someone feel closer to their loved one. This gift can be cherished for years to come in loving memory. The options are endless when it comes to customization for this gift. Here are a few simple ideas:


  • Pendant with custom photo and message.
  • Pendant with name, date, or initials engraved.
  • Pendant engraved with a meaningful symbol for the recipient.


Photobook Or Scrapbook


A memory is a treasure beyond measure. A photo book or scrapbook for a loved one experiencing a loss is a wonderful way to display priceless memories. This gift can be passed on through generations to remember your loved one. In a scrapbook, you have the opportunity to add personalized touches, journaling near the photos or items you want to keep in remembrance.


Scrapbooks and photo books can be done digitally, or you can handcraft them to represent the exact memories you want to capture. You can use quotes or poems, musical lyrics, or handwritten memories to add to the story you would like to create. You can also gather all of the supplies required to create a photo book or scrapbook and give it as a gift. Getting creative during a time of grief may be exactly what is needed in order to process the feelings and hold onto the memories.


In Closing


Grief and sorrow cannot be measured. Grief can teach us patience, compassion, kindness, empathy, and so much more. There is no right or wrong way to experience grief. In relation to loss, grief is a reaction that is natural. There are some very basic ways you can extend support and compassion to those experiencing loss.


  • Sending a gift. The Nuttery NY is committed to providing the perfect way to express your wish of condolence and offer of sympathy. Our gifts are Kosher Certified and made with the love and effort you want to convey to those experiencing a loss.
  • Being a good listener. Offering to listen to someone who is grieving can be an important way to allow them to process a loss. Allow them the space and opportunity to feel what they are feeling without risk of judgment or shame.
  • Preparing food. Sometimes the last thing on the mind of those suffering a loss is taking care of their own needs. Offering to have food brought in or preparing food is something they won’t soon forget.
  • Service. A gift of service during a time of need is extremely considerate. They may need a lawn mowed, house cleaned, or maybe they have children that you could take to the park so they can compose themselves. Acts of services are a great way to extend an immeasurable kindness.
In closing, nothing can prepare us for the loss of those we hold dear. We sincerely hope that we were able to provide you with some meaningful ways to navigate through gifts of sympathy. Sometimes perspective is all you need to get you headed in the right direction. The Nuttery NY realizes that the loss you experience will never fully go away. We are here for you in your time of need and are committed to offering you the highest quality ingredients and gifts for any occasion.


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https://www.shiva.com/learning-center/understanding/shiva/

https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/shiva-what-you-need-to-know/

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How Much Caffeine Is In Chocolate?

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Just the word chocolate has the power to evoke drool-worthy memories of your favorite bar of chocolate, a slice of cake, or perhaps ice cream. If you’re anything like us, chocolate counts as an entire food group of its own. We all have our favorite guilty food pleasure, and chocolate happens to be at the top of the list for many people. When the weather temperature changes, even the slightest bit, we inevitably start replacing our fruity spritzers with warmer beverage choices like hot chocolate.

You may be asking yourself if the jolt you feel from chocolate is just a fun little sugar rush or if it's from the caffeine in your sugary confection. If you are a coffee drinker to begin with, you may not think twice about the possibility of caffeine in your chocolate. If you don’t partake in soda, tea, or coffee on a regular basis, you may be wondering if there is something to the little pep in your step. Let's take a deeper look into how much caffeine is consumed outside of chocolate, the different kinds of chocolate, where the caffeine in chocolate comes from, and overall what to expect.


Caffeine Outside Of Coffee


How much caffeine is really in the beverages we consume? How much caffeine is even considered safe for the average adult to consume in a day? These are all questions that can swirl around in our brains. It can be easy to toss back three cups of coffee before noon when you’re in the middle of a working breakfast, but is that over the daily recommended limit? It's safe to say that for most average adults, you can have up to 400 milligrams of caffeine per day. That averages to approximately four cups of coffee.


Let's break down some common beverages that have caffeine and compare their caffeine content. It is certainly worth mentioning that these averages can vary depending upon how each beverage is made :

  • A small 12 ounce Starbucks Frappuccino has approximately 65 milligrams.
  • An 8-ounce cup of coffee brewed is between 96 and 165 milligrams.
  • Espresso has approximately 75 milligrams in a one-ounce shot.
  • An 8-ounce cup of decaf brewed coffee is 2 milligrams.
  • An 8-ounce cup of green tea brewed is 28 milligrams.
  • A one-ounce shot of an energy drink is 215 milligrams.
  • An 8-ounce cup of Cola is 22 milligrams.


Chocolate-Covered Caffeine


Three of the most common kinds of chocolate are milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate. Each of these chocolates has a different caffeine content:


  • One ounce of dark chocolate averages approximately 20 milligrams. You would have to eat about 8 ounces of dark chocolate to make the equivalent of one cup of brewed coffee.
  • One ounce of milk chocolate averages approximately 3.5 to 6 milligrams. Approximately 5 ounces of milk chocolate would be the equivalent to a 16-ounce decaf coffee.
  • White chocolate has no cocoa solids and, therefore, does not contain any caffeine.
An example of a sweet chocolatey confection that may have a little more caffeine would be chocolate-covered espresso beans. It is estimated that chocolate covered espresso beans have around 7 milligrams of caffeine. If you’re looking for a chocolate-covered way to get a jolt of caffeine, you can eat about twelve chocolate-covered espresso beans for the equivalent of a small 8-ounce cup of coffee.

If you are looking for the best of both worlds in coffee and chocolate, you could try a chocolate truffle
that also has a rich latte flavor.

White chocolate is just as delicious as its milk and dark counterparts. If you are looking for something to curb your sweet tooth without any caffeine in it, white chocolate is the way to go.


Where Does The Caffeine In Chocolate Come From?


If you are anything like us, you are wondering where does the caffeine in chocolate actually come from? The cacao or cocoa tree is a tropical plant that produces fruit in the form of a cacao pod. There are edible seeds inside the cacao pod called cacao beans. Cacao beans contain caffeine. Once the cacao bean is processed, it becomes the foundation for cocoa powder, pastes, and liquors that form what we know as chocolate.

Hot chocolate is a fan favorite for both adults and children for years. It may have crossed your mind to wonder if hot chocolate has caffeine in it. If you were to use cocoa powder to make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, it would contain approximately 8 milligrams of caffeine per one tablespoon. If you are interested in diluting the caffeine in your hot chocolate, you could always use a little less cocoa powder and add hot water or your favorite milk to your beverage.


Is There Caffeine-Free Chocolate?


The cocoa butter from which white chocolate is made is considered caffeine-free because the amount of caffeine remaining in cocoa butter is so low. Because of the absence of ground cocoa beans, you get a light color. As long as your white chocolate is not blended with any other type of chocolate, it would be considered caffeine-free.


If you have ever considered white chocolate not worth your while, think again! White chocolate is the perfect contrast to highlight a variety of ingredients without being overpowering. It has a rich buttery flavor that can enhance just about anything. You can create a white chocolate frosting, cover your fruit or nuts
in it, or eat it all by itself.

Another great way to enjoy white chocolate is to make a white chocolate hot chocolate. The ingredients are simple, and the result is a delicious and creamy beverage that will make you wonder how it may have never been in your favorite beverage rotation. Here are the ingredients for one cup of white chocolate hot chocolate:

  • White chocolate chips - 1 to 1 1/2 ounces
  • 2 ounces of half and half
  • ⅛ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces of your choice of milk
In a small saucepan, combine your chips and half and half until your chips have melted. Once melted, add your milk and vanilla until heated through and serve.


Can I Eat Chocolate If I’m Pregnant Or Sensitive To Caffeine?


We have heard the saying “everything in moderation.” This certainly applies to caffeine consumption during pregnancy. It is recommended for pregnant women to keep caffeine consumption to under 200 milligrams per day. In order to fill your sweet craving without going overboard, here are some ideas:


  • Nine pieces of Hershey’s Special Dark Kisses contain about 20 milligrams of caffeine.
  • 1 Hershey’s Chocolate Bar at 1.55 ounces is about 9 milligrams of caffeine.
  • 1 Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar 1.45 ounces is around 20 milligrams of caffeine.
A world without indulging in chocolate every now and then just doesn’t seem as fun. If you have a caffeine sensitivity, you can always try a white chocolate variation or consume a smaller amount of chocolate to be on the safe side.


Summary


Caffeine is an important part of the day for many people, and some people enjoy caffeine for the energy jolt. How many mornings have you had that you just needed a little something extra to help get your day started? Some people feel that just the smell of coffee can make them feel calmer. Athletes and students alike have used caffeine to give them a boost for the energy they require to have long periods of activity or to focus on studying.

Who would have thought that you can enjoy chocolate and get a little boost of energy from the caffeine as well?
When it comes to chocolate, you can absolutely control the amount of caffeine you consume based on the type of chocolate you select or the portion size of chocolate you choose.

There is certainly always an occasion for chocolate. Starting with Valentine’s Day, chocolate is one of the most time-honored ways to display affection. Being on the receiving end of a heartfelt handwritten card, flowers and balloons just doesn’t seem the same without a box of chocolates to complement it. Jump to Easter, and what is the celebration of Easter without a chocolate egg or bunny to add to your basket?

We have discussed the three most common types of chocolate and their caffeine contents, and we have uncovered a great way to enjoy chocolate without the caffeine in it through white chocolate. Your relationship with chocolate is yours to discover and define what is most delicious to you.

It is nice to know you have options when it comes to caffeine content and flavor profiles when it comes to selecting the perfect chocolate for any occasion. There is no occasion too small or too large that chocolate wouldn’t be a great way to make the meaningful impact you are looking for. One thing is for certain; we will meet you at the chocolate store to help you decide which chocolate to fall in love with.


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https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20049372

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https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/276076/homemade-white-hot-chocolate/

How To Celebrate Purim: 4 Things You Need to Know

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Purim is a lesser-known Jewish holiday but also has a reputation for being one of the most fun. This holiday is filled to the brim with tradition. Let's take a closer look at this holiday. Mark your calendars!


1. Purim Is Considered One Of The Most Festive Jewish Holidays


The name Purim is meant to commemorate the lots cast by Haman when he was choosing the day for the destruction of the Jews. It is easily one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. Typically celebrated in March or April, this holiday falls on the 14th day of Adar. There are four commandments that are followed during this celebration:
  • At night and day, hear the Scroll of Esther.
  • Charity is to be given to at least two individuals in need.
  • A minimum of two prepared foods are sent to at least one individual.
  • Have a royal feast.
It is customary to let go of your ego and celebrate your soul (in a safe and responsible way, of course). To drown out the name of Haman, who was responsible for trying to destroy the Jewish people, you are to make noise by yelling, with your feet or noisemakers called “graggers”. Purim is a holiday of joy and liveliness to celebrate the miracle of salvation.


2. There’s A Lot Of Food And Even More To Drink


Food is an extremely important part of many holidays. There is no exception to the importance of food during Purim. Here are some popular foods that are eaten during Purim and why:
  • Hamantaschen is said to represent the ears of Haman or his three-cornered hat. Formed in the shape of a triangle, they can be filled with a variety of ingredients such as fruit, jelly, cheese, or poppy seeds.
  • Kreplach is a meat, liver, or chicken dumpling. The hidden meat serves as a reminder of God's hidden presence working for the good in Esther's story. This dumpling would be served in a soup traditionally.
  • Seudat Purim is the traditional meal meant to be served during this holiday. Purim is meant to be experienced in pure bliss. The drinking of wine symbolizes “being drunk with happiness,” and enjoying a celebratory meal is a must. When thinking of how to prepare your meal, plan a feast fit for a king or queen.


3. Don’t Forget The Sweets And Baskets!


Purim would not be complete without the giving of gifts and sweets. It also would not be complete without traditional Hamantaschen.


There is some speculation as to the reasoning behind the triangle shape of Hamantaschen. Some say that it is representative of Haman’s ears, while others believe it to represent the hat Haman wore. It has also been said that it may be symbolic of the strength that Esther was given by Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham, the founders of Judaism. What we do know for certain is that Hamantaschen are a delicious part of the traditional food offerings of Purim.

Gift baskets are also a staple during Purim. Charity to your loved ones and those in need is a common theme during Purim. While it is easy to get caught in the merriment, giving to those that are less fortunate is a way of displaying humility and being grateful for the blessings in life. Gift baskets are typically made with snacks and food items that are ready to eat, such as fresh fruit, pastries, chips, candy, and wine. Here are several options that would be perfect Kosher Certified gifts to give or receive during Purim:

  • Nuttery Signature Chocolate Nut Gift Tin - This classically beautiful tin features parve and Kosher Certified goods you will not soon forget. The combination of nuts and chocolates within this multi-sectional tin can be enjoyed by anyone.
  • Nuttery Signature Tray Glazed Nuts - This classic basket is filled with a variety of classic and exotic glazed nuts for your recipient’s enjoyment. In this 12x14 tray, you will find sweet peanuts, cinnamon almonds, sweet macadamia nuts, and Chinese pecans.
  • Specialty Chocolate Bark and Nuts Gift Tower - This multi-section gift tower is a thoughtful way to add to your special celebration. Combining chocolate bark, nuts, and chocolates, this offers a lovely mixture of sweet and salty textures and tastes.
  • The Nuttery Signature Tray Chocolate Log and Nuts - This exquisite gift basket features a reusable wooden tray, sweet and salted nuts, a variety of chocolates as well as a chocolate log. This thoughtful arrangement will be sure to delight any recipient.
The chocolates included in this tray are all Parve, and the food items are Kosher Certified.


4. Costumes Galore Add To The Celebration


Costumes play a major part in the celebration of Purim. This is a celebration of life and reminds us that the gift of life is not to be taken for granted. Here are a few additional ideas of costumes that would be appropriate to wear on Purim:
  • Simple mismatched clothing goes a long way to add to the fun atmosphere.
  • Queen Esther can be represented using a repurposed Disney princess costume.
  • Pirate
  • Repurposed athletic uniforms to represent a sports player


Summary


In summary, Purim is a very special holiday with a lot of reasons to celebrate. It is a representation of a huge victory for the Jewish people of Persia. The Jewish people were saved from what they anticipated to be certain death. It is a historic celebration of thanking G-d for His salvation.
Gift giving to friends, family, and those that are less fortunate is a key part of this festive time. It is as important to extend kindness to those in need as it is to bestow your friends and family with gifts. The hope felt by Jewish people is one that they feel should be experienced by all. Loved by those who celebrate, this holiday is an extension of goodwill toward all.


Although this holiday may be lesser-known, it is a grand celebration and one that deserves the attention to detail your friends and family deserve. If you know of anyone who celebrates, be sure to consider dietary restrictions and consider offering Kosher Certified gifts for this beautiful and robust celebration of life. The Nuttery NY offers a wide selection of Kosher Certified gifts for all of your Purim needs. Here are some parting reminders for the celebration of Purim even if you do not happen to be Jewish:

  • Be merry, eat and drink-this is a celebration of life after all!
  • Be sure to offer a gift to those in need.
  • Feast like no one is watching— a dinner party is a great way to reconnect with friends and family and appreciate the love and support you have in your life.
  • Never miss a chance to dance and responsibly enjoy this one beautiful life you are given.


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https://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/5-purim-fun-jewish-holiday-article-1.2994705

https://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/648895/jewish/Purim-FAQs.htm

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Adar

https://www.chabad.org/kids/article_cdo/aid/1507/jewish/The-Gragger.htm

https://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/1146095/jewish/Drinking-on-Purim.htm

https://www.cjfm.org/resources/holidays/purim/

https://www.thejc.com/lifestyle/food/all-you-need-to-know-about-hamantaschen-1.41841

3 Last Minute Christmas Gifts That Can’t Go Wrong

By Alexander Mathis 2 months ago 36 Views No comments

The holidays can get hectic, and sometimes we forget someone we really probably shouldn’t have. We’ve all done it, and we’ve all felt horrible! Now you’re racing against the clock to find that perfect gift for someone who deserves nothing less. We’ve been there too, so we are here to help! Here we have some of the best last-minute Christmas gifts that can’t go wrong. Quick, easy, and perfect gifts for the sweetest people in your life.


Gourmet Sweets


The holiday season is known for the mounds of sweet treats we get to indulge in. That is why there is no better way to show someone the appreciation you have for someone than with some gourmet sweets


Everybody loves chocolate, so what better way to show your gratitude than giving them the best gourmet sweet you can think of? It can be something homemade or a beautifully handcrafted purchase.


The Nuttery signature chocolate box


Our chocolate box is perfect for that chocolate lover in your life. With 36 pieces of our delicious handcrafted milk chocolates, your giftee will be extra grateful for having you this holiday season. Hopefully, you'll be able to enjoy a piece or two, if you can convince them to spare any.


Already have the perfect gift already but are just looking to add a sweet touch? Consider our smaller 16 piece or nine piece boxes.


Fruit and Nut Trays


While it may be hard to believe, not everyone is completely and utterly obsessed with chocolate like the rest of us (weird, right!). Well, don’t sweat it; there are options for them too! Consider gifting one of our sweet and savory fruit and nut trays.


Roasted nut tray


Our specialty is chocolate, but we also offer some delicious roast and candied nut trays. These are perfect for that more savory toothed friend in your life.


Dessert Logs


We know how overwhelming it can become when all the holiday parties and get-togethers start. Everyone's schedules are jam packed come December. Unless you are a real-life superhero, there is no way you can provide homemade sweets and treats for all these.


If you want to be the star of the dessert table, our beautifully crafted dessert logs are right up your alley! These make a perfect gift for the host— convenient, classy, and a known crowd pleaser; they are perfect for any occasion but especially if you’re in a pinch for time.


Chocolate Trays


Our chocolate trays are the perfect options if you’re looking for variety! We offer multiple different boxes, all with different delicious fixings inside. The options are endless— melt in your mouth milk chocolate, rich dark chocolate, savory roasted nuts, or sweet candied fruit. Or if you want a little bit of everything, we have that too!


Sweets by the pound


Our sweets by the pound are a great way to add a little more substance to an almost completed gift, from our perfectly roasted nuts to our sweet and crunchy almond brittle. These will give anything the perfect added salty or sweet aspect.


Your loved ones deserve the best! Consider gifting them our top-rated peach hearts or our roasted and salted macadamia nuts.


Corporate options


Do you have loyal employees/co-workers/customers you want to thank this holiday season? Well, you’re in luck because at The Nuttery, we offer an amazing array of corporate gift tins, overflowing with all the delicious sweets and treats you can think of. You will definitely move up in the ranks of “best co-worker” if you are gifting these gems out!

The classic corporate gifts are a great option if you are buying gifts for multiple co-workers.


You’re forgetting someone!


When it comes to holiday shopping, it is all about showing your gratitude. What better way to thank your postman, garbage man, babysitter, or pool man than giving them a beautiful arrangement of gourmet sweets? Those small gestures of gratitude are what the holidays are all about.


Something extra


Sometimes the perfect presents are still lacking. A great way to add that extra special touch is by pairing it with one of our signature gift boxes. Plus, everyone wants to open more than one thing on Christmas morning!


Mega chocolate gift tray


Anything with the “mega chocolate” in the name is bound to be amazing, right? This gift is definitely one that anyone would love to find under the tree. We all have the person that seems to want a little bit of everything, making holiday shopping THAT much harder. Something with variety and options is perfect for them. They can go from sweet one minute to savory the nex


Dessert Towers


Have a holiday party you forgot about? There is no worse feeling than showing up to a party empty-handed, and grocery store cookies don’t always cut it, especially when it comes to an extra special occasion. Our beautiful gourmet dessert towers would be the perfect fix, offering an array of almost all the delicious sweets we offer.

Pro tip: Every gift needs a card, right? That is when you should consider our sweet candy cards. These precious details will elevate your gift to the next level.


Bonus Ideas


We know that some people are harder to shop for than others. And not every gift is going to be perfect for everyone. While we are sure they will love anything you get them, your grandparents are some of the sweetest people in your life, so getting them the perfect gift is crucial this holiday season. Like any good gift, this one has to be:
  • Personal and sentimental - consider a photo album with all your favorite memories. Grandparents are the few people that will truly appreciate something homemade, no matter how old you are.
  • Homemade or hand-painted picture frames and scrapbooks are such a sweet way to show them how much you really care!
Let’s be honest; grandparents love anything with your picture on it. That’s why this next idea is the perfect gift:
  • A picture collage blanket is a perfect way to display the favorite pictures you and your grandparents share, and it's a great way to keep them extra cozy this winter season.


A Subscription


It's the gift that keeps on giving! Everyone, and we mean everyone, has some kind of subscription box these days. If they don’t, now’s your chance to give them one! We’re not talking about a few months of Netflix or Hulu, but something that is personal to that person. Subscriptions are a great way to show someone how well you know them. It may be difficult to narrow down the right one but there are so many options out there— wine clubs, coffee clubs, monthly book subscriptions. All it takes is a quick Google search!


A Gift Basket


Everybody loves a good gift basket, and you love the convenience of them. They are a great option if you are looking for something quick and easy. You can find all sorts of pre-arranged gift baskets at any big box store with a whole variety of themes -- spa kits, barbecuing kits, even homemade candle making kits. The list goes on! Like any good gift, remember to keep it personalized to that person.


Pro tip: Not sure what type of gift basket will best fit your giftee? Get them something they don’t know they want. The key to a great gift is surprising; giving a gift that is suspected or asked for can only be so exciting.

  • Think back to try to do little things you feel they may need—everyday household items or things that are just an inconvenience to have to buy. A homemade gift basket always feels a little more special.
  • Make a list— write down their likes and interests, favorite music, tv shows, podcasts, etc. This may spark an idea or two.
Remember, chocolate goes with anything, and Nuttery’s care package makes for one heck of a sweets basket.


Summary


It’s the thought that counts, but getting a good gift to go with that thought doesn’t hurt!You can never have too many sweets, and everyone knows the holidays and all those delicious sweets to get to enjoy. The holiday season is about friends and family, but one of the best parts is you showing them how grateful you are for them.


These last-minute gift ideas will be a surefire way for you to do just that!


Sources:


https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Homemade-Chocolate

https://www.diyncrafts.com/27553/gifts/30-easy-and-affordable-diy-gift-baskets-for-every-occasion

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gregpetro/2019/04/12/why-subscription-boxes-are-here-to-stay

7 Winter Date Ideas: Affordable And Cozy

By Alexander Mathis 2 months ago 265 Views No comments

No matter what part of the country you’re in, whether it snows a couple of feet or just drops a few degrees around December, winter dates are a cozy way to spend time with the person you care about. You're already spending enough money this holiday season, so here are the best winter date ideas that are a perfect way to cozy up and spend time with that special somene (while staying in-budget).


Enjoy A Cozy Movie Night In


Who needs to go out and spend $60 on a date night when you just stay in and get extra cozy? Nothing beats watching your favorite movies together with some delicious comfort snacks like chocolates and other sweets. Pick out a few of your favorite movies, find all the comfy blankets in the house, maybe grab a few pillows, and set up the ultimate viewing spot to cuddle up and enjoy each other’s warmth.

Sweets are the perfect movie snack next to popcorn, and here are a few of our favorites:

  • Our chocolate boxes have the perfect assortment of rich and velvety chocolate truffles inside, with an assortment of all kinds of decedent fillings and toppings. They also come in packs of 36, 16, or 9, which makes them perfect for sharing.
  • In more of a savory mood? Well, popcorn isn’t your only option! Consider one of our assorted nut trays, offering four options for you and your special someone. THese handpicked nuts are roasted to perfection or covered in a decadent sugar glaze.
  • There is no better way to start off date night than a sweet gift to show them how much you care. Take your night-in to the next level by surprising that special somebody with one of our classic care packages. With an assortment of popcorn, gourmet chocolates, and nuts, this will for sure be a hit!
  • Not a huge chocolate or nut couple? No worries, our 5 section candy tray would be perfect for you! Mike and Ikes, filled licorice and swiss petite fruits paired with chocolate covered pretzels are the perfect combos for all you candy lovers!


Go Ice Skating


This idea is a classic, and even the most uncoordinated can still have a good time! Indoor or outdoor, there are tons of possibilities. There is always a way to make date night a bit more romantic, so do some research, try and find an ice skating rink that is a little more secluded, making the date that much more special and intimate. Ice skating under romantic lighting while sipping on some warm hot cocoa will be the coziest of winter dates!


A little surprise next hurt anybody, end this date on an extra special note. Add a little bonus present at the end of the night. A surprise gift pair with sweet card and romantic handwritten note is the perfect way to end a romantic night on the rink.


Have A Game Night


Whether your thing is board games, video games, or even the classics like chess, a game night is always fun, especially with games that can be enjoyed with just two players like Life, Guess Who, and the endless co-op campaigns waiting for player 2 to hit start.


Everyone knows the best game nights start with the sweets and treats you get to enjoy. Don’t forget to have snacks ready for your cozy date night— this variety tray is one of our favorites because of its variety!

With a little something for everyone, this is the perfect option for entertaining. With three types of glazed nuts, chocolate covered pretzels, coconuts bars, two-tone rolls, and caramel chewy nut bars, you definitely won’t run into the problem of someone not finding at least one of their favorite sweet treats.

We have options for you nut-loving people as well. Consisting mostly of our handpicked nuts and popcorn that is perfectly popped and seasoned, this care package does have some gourmet chocolates just in case you decide you need some sweets after all.

Our metal tins are perfect and easy for any type of entertaining as well.

FYI: If you celebrate Christmas, there are a ton of Christmas themed games that are perfect for a cozy winter night!


Go To A Museum Together


Even if art isn’t your thing, there’s a museum out there for everyone. You’d be surprised what kind of local museum you might have. Plus, you get a bonus little mini road trip if you have to take a drive to get there. After a long day of walking, take advantage of the area around the museum, and try a new restaurant or bar. You drove all that way, might as well turn your day date into a date night too!


Staying-in is always a great option, but sometimes going out on the town or taking a little day trip makes date night feel extra romantic. Remember, just because you’re not staying in doesn’t mean you have to break the bank either; a casual dinner and tickets to a smaller/local museum is the perfect option for an affordable date night.

Pro tip: Don't forget to pack some quick and easy snacks to munch on during that car ride!
Chocolate-covered espresso beans
, peanuts, or popcorn are delicious on the go snack. Were you thinking of something a little sweeter? Consider our handmade chocolate covered Oreos. Start a date off with these, and it’s bound to be a good one!


Put Up Holiday Decorations Together


There’s just something special about the holidays. No matter what holiday you actually celebrate, take time to decorate together. The best date nights are usually the ones that take no real thought or effort. Just quality time and some good laughs shared.


Yes, the tree will be the focal point of this date night, but the tree and other decorations are just the start. Holiday decorating can mean decorating anything. A gingerbread house is always a fun date idea. It makes it especially easy when you can purchase them all-ready baked. Now the fun part (decorating) is up to the both of you!

Need to wind down after a long night of decorating? Throw on a movie and cozy up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa or wine and your favorite sweet treat or snack! Before calling in a night, why not give that special someone a little gift to show them how thankful you are to have them in your life?

There is no better feeling than receiving a special present you weren't expecting. Our thank you gifts are a sweet way to show your appreciation. The options are endless, so there is no doubt you will find the perfect combination for that perfect person. Peppermint bark

always gives you all those winter feels, leaving you feeling extra cozy inside.


Attend A Tree Lighting Ceremony


Not only is this a great opportunity to snag a classic cute photo together, but there are usually other activities at these ceremonies, too, like games, snack stands, and food trucks. Everybody wants a teddy bear(or two) won for them!

What better way to spend a night with your significant other than enjoying some quality time together without spending a fortune on an expensive dinner or date? A tree-lighting ceremony is a great way to kick off the holiday season! After that, it’s time to get serious about tackling your holiday shopping list!


Have An Indoor Picnic


Load up that picnic basket and prepare for a romantic picnic--right on the floor of your kitchen or living room. This works even better with a fireplace and a bottle of good wine. Don’t forget a little truffle box for dessert! Wine, chocolate, and your favorite person, does it get any better than that? Our truffle boxes are rich and decadent and will arrive in a gorgeous The Nuttery signature box—the perfect way to elevate any casual night in.


Who said heart-shaped chocolates are just for Valentines’ day? Make this date night extra romantic by having a gorgeous heart-shaped gourmet chocolate arrangement to munch on.


In Conclusion


The winter season is the perfect excuse to go on all those cute and cozy dates, but nobody said you have to go broke doing it. However you end up spending your date night, all that matters is that you’re spending it together.


Whether it’s a cozy romantic night-in or a visit to the museum or ice rink, all these options are perfect ways to cozy up and enjoy each other’s company.


Sources:


https://www.mydomaine.com/winter-date-ideas-4788057

https://www.emlovz.com/stay-at-home-date-idea-movie-night/

https://www.countryliving.com/life/g23477105/family-christmas-games/

Get Well Gift Ideas That Will Bring a Smile to Their Face

By Alexander Mathis 2 months ago 230 Views No comments

No matter what someone may be going through, giving a thoughtful gift that is meant to help them along is a priceless way to show them just how much you care.

Gourmet gifts specifically are always a sweet idea, as they can bring someone joy with even just the first few bites. We’re here with some perfect get well gifts for any situation.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make someone feel extra special while they’re going through a tough time.


Give Them Something Delicious


The Whole Care Package


When looking for a gift to help lift someone’s spirits, there’s nothing more thoughtful and delicious than The Nuttery’s Mega Care Package.
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The Mega Care Package comes with multiple options so that it can be customized to each person’s likes and dislikes, and can be made either dairy or parve. You’ll get the choice between a huge, tasty peanut chew star (which is parve) or gourmet dairy chocolate truffles. Each care package also includes a large bag of freshly popped Nuttery popcorn, salted sunflower seeds, six different sections of chocolates and candies, and separate cylinders each filled with a variety of nuts. And, since everyone knows that nuts are full of protein and protein can help you heal, the Mega Care Package is sure to make them feel better both physically and mentally. You’ll be the hero of the day as soon as they see you walking through the door with that enormous box!


A Little More Playful… Just What the Doctor Ordered


If the person you’re buying a get well gift for is younger, or if you just want to add a humorous twist to the get well gift giving, try the Daily Dose of Candy! The Daily Dose of Candy is designed to look just like a medicine pill box. Each day of the week is its own separate slot for candy, Sunday through Saturday. It’s a hilarious way to say “get well soon.” Kids, and those with a fun sense of humor, will find it especially funny. After all, they always say that laughter is the best medicine, after all!


For the Candy Lovers


And finally, for a get well gift that your giftee can either hoard to themselves or choose to share with others, consider the 6 section candy tray! It’s perfect for those who prefer candy over chocolate, as it is jam packed with it! Each of the tray’s six, big sections are filled to the brim with a selection of rainbow colored delights. There’s something for everyone, whether they share or not (and hopefully they will!). The 6 section candy tray is not only tasty and fun, giving a big, candy flavored mood boost to any ailing loved one, it’s also an incredibly affordable option!


Give Them Something Cosy


No matter where you’re ailing, whether it’s at home curled up in bed or in the hospital after having surgery, gifts that make you feel extra safe and cozy are always appreciated. To help your loved one feel just a little bit better while they’re healing up, here is a list of some of the coziest gifts you can buy that will help them no matter where they’re at.


Blanket


Warm, fluffy blankets are always great when someone doesn’t feel good. It works like a literal security blanket, letting them cover up all of their aches and pains with a single, cozy covering. They’re excellent because they are transportable too, so your sick patient can bring them anywhere they need help to feel more comfortable. They also make excellent “sick couches,” where they can take up residence on the couch when they’re not feeling well, tucked into a warm blanket with the TV remote and their medication at the ready. It’s the ultimate feel better situation. If you’re extra crafty, consider making one yourself! Putting extra love in it with your own handiwork will make them feel even more special.


Robe


Robes are also a great get well gift option for many of the same reasons that blankets are.

They’re wearable, cozy comfort anywhere you need it, a sense of security you can wrap yourself up in when you’re feeling sick, scared, or even just tired. While warm, thick robes are usually the best option for someone who isn’t feeling well, there are also cotton and silky robes if you feel like that would be a better option. Sometimes the last thing you want when you have a fever is something warm and heavy to wear! But warm, comfortable gifts for people who aren’t feeling well is like giving them a hug (from a safe distance, of course!).


Slippers


One last cozy gift option are fuzzy slippers. While they don’t have the same overall sense of comfort that a robe or a blanket does, they’re much easier to travel with. Think of slippers as a fluffy blanket for the feet. They come in so many different patterns, sizes, and materials that there is a pair out there for anyone who might need a little pick me up. You can even put them in with a get well care package, and keep both their toes and their hearts warm.


Give Them Something to Pass the Time


Take a moment to think about your ailing loved one. What do they like to do in their free time? Recuperating from any injury or illness usually requires a significant amount of time stuck in bed and inside the house. They’re probably really missing all of the things they used to be able to do before they got sick! Most people feel incredibly stir crazy when they’re going through an illness. Helping them pass the time is a great way of showing how much you care.


Any Old Thing to Make the Clock Tick Faster


Start by looking for tabletop versions of their favorite hobbies, or other fun alternatives that they can do from their bed or the couch. Crossword puzzles, drawing paper, or just a pen and a paper so they can write are good options. Arts and crafts kits are also a great idea, and they can be catered to any age level or interest (think knitting, cross-stitching, whittling, etc). A newer trend that’s perfect in this context is an adult coloring book and some crayons or colored pencils. Even adults will enjoy the relaxation that comes with absentmindedly coloring inside the lines, and they come in many fun varieties and interest niches (they even make an “adult” coloring book with swear words if that’s their thing!). It may even help take their mind off the fact that they are sick for a little bit, and isn’t that the ultimate goal?


Never Too Old (or Too Sick) to Game


If they like to play video games, consider lending them your handheld game console for a little while. That way, they can play their favorite games without having to leave their room or the couch. It will provide them with hours of entertainment right in the palm of their hands, and you’ll get extra points for being willing to part with your system for a little while in an effort to help them feel better.Don’t forget a diverse selection of game choices. It’s a win/win!


Give Them a Care Package


One last way to show someone you care when they’re not feeling good is to give them a personalized care package. No matter what type of illness they’re facing, when you put together a care package, it will help make their sailing back into wellness just a little bit smoother.Care packages can come in a variety of different forms, and can be as big or small as you want them to be! To put together a care package, start with thinking about the person you’re putting it together for. You can use that information to figure out the base of your care package - a basket, a tote, or even a wooden crate. You can decorate it with all of the colors they like, and cover it with ribbons or stickers.


After you know what you’ll be putting things in, think about how you want to fill it up. What type of illness are they suffering through? If it’s the common cold, put together a care package filled with tissues, cold medicines, and lip balm. If they have the flu, consider some nausea medication, electrolyte drinks, and crackers. For a general care package, bath bombs or salts, lotions, and vitamin C tablets are great. No matter what the illness is that they’re suffering through, you should also include thoughtful items that are special to them, like their favorite candy or chocolate. Our 4 section chocolate gift tray is a great option - it’s filled with delicious jelly rings (covered in creamy dark chocolate), both white and dark truffles, and nut toppings. It fits neatly in any size care package, and it’s an inexpensive yet gourmet way of saying that you hope they feel better soon. You should also include their favorite book or magazine, and other little items (like comfy socks) that let them know how much you care. Top it off with a sweet, handwritten note and it’ll make anyone feel all warm and fuzzy inside.


With any gift, it’s the thought that counts, and the fact that you’re thinking of them when they need it the most will mean a lot in and of itself! Whichever gift you choose, just make sure it has some love behind it, and you’ll be good to go!


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Thanksgiving Gifts: 2020 Gifts That Say Thanks

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Every year, the holidays are a time for gift giving, without a doubt. This year, it seems like we have even more to be thankful for, and even more of a reason to be thankful.

When looking for a gift to say thank you to the special people in your life, you can never go wrong with a gift of sweets, or by pairing sweets with other gifts.

The Nuttery NY is thankful to be able to provide you with a large selection of treats to choose from this year! From holiday chocolate pies to gift boxes filled with chocolate covered oreos here are some ideas catered to the people you’ll likely be gifting to this holiday season.


What to Give Your Thanksgiving Host


This Thanksgiving, don’t be the person that brings the fruitcake no one eats and everyone makes fun of. Instead, bring a sweet treat that everyone will be sure to enjoy. We have a few delicious treats sure to make you the hit of any Thanksgiving get-together.


Chocolate Logs


To start,chocolate logs make an excellent gift for any Thanksgiving host. The best news: they come in a variety of different flavors and patterns, which means there is a chocolate log for any holiday event! They also make great centerpieces, and can serve between 10 and 30 people. Each log is Kosher Certified, as well, so everyone can enjoy them!


Chocolate praline is a favorite, not only because of its festive, holiday flavor, but also the beautiful white chocolate lace pattern. It is made out of the richest, creamiest chocolate we make, and comes on a beautiful, mahogany wooden tray for serving. It’s truly an elegant centerpiece that will elicit “oohs” and “aahs” not only from your Thanksgiving host, but from everyone else at the table as well.

Chocolate peanut butter is a classic option and flavor combination, and it comes with a lace pattern also made out of chocolate. Peanut butter is a favorite of so many people, young and old alike, and this tasty log combines that with creamy, rich, thick chocolate.

Chocolate pistachio is a less traditional option, which is part of its allure! It has a unique, beautiful white chocolate pattern. The pistachio is mixed right in with the Parve chocolate on the inside of the log, making for a delicious yet fun holiday treat.

Halvah Zebra logs are one more, super unique option to bring to Thanksgiving. With their rich, sesame flavor, they taste just as good (if not better!) than they look. It’s hard to describe the flavor to someone who hasn’t experienced it, but it’s exotic while still tasting smooth and buttery.


Chocolate Tray


If chocolate logs aren’t your thing, consider a specialized Thanksgiving gift tray. The tray is visually stunning and fall appropriate, served on a light, wooden tray and decorated with an autumn orange colored ribbon with the word “thankful” on it. And every guest at the event will be thankful too, as the gift tray is filled with parve chocolates.

The Thanksgiving gift tray features a two tone roll, which is essentially a white chocolate truffle in log form. It is decorated with delicious dark chocolate details and absolutely just melts in the mouth. It also comes stocked with viennese crunch, a bite size candy made of caramel and chocolate and covered in nuts. In addition, there are jelly rings (Kosher gummies covered in dark chocolate), kava crunch (another delicious candy), cashew patties (freshly roasted cashews clustered together with a creamy, caramel glaze and drizzled with dark chocolate), moccachino (coffee flavored candies), and hazelicious (delicious hazelnut fudge covered in dark chocolate).


Candy and Nut Tray


If that sounds like too much chocolate for you, we also offer a four section Thanksgiving gift tray that substitutes some of the candy with some of our finest speciality nuts. It’s a sweet and salty holiday treat everyone will enjoy!When you bring any one of our above mentioned specialty gourmet treats to Thanksgiving, your holiday host will be extra thankful for you this year. They also let you show how thankful you are for having them host! If you want to really express your gratitude, help them with the clean up.


What to Give Your Parents on Thanksgiving


If you’re going home for the holidays, you likely already know the struggle associated with finding and bringing your parents the perfect Thanksgiving gift. Your parents have done so much for you in your life, and it’s only natural to want to show them how thankful you are for them.We’re here to help with that with some gift ideas for your parents this Thanksgiving. For starters, parents always love gifts that remind them that you’re always going to be their loving child, which is why personalization can never go wrong.

The best news is that, especially these days, you can personalize just about anything! It all depends on what your parents are into and what you think they would use frequently.


Personalized Picture Frame with an Old Family Photo


One of the best gift ideas that we can think of is a personalized picture frame filled with an old, restored family photo. While this may take a little time and research, the look on your parents face when they see it is worth more than gold. Parents love the nostalgia factor, and you’ll love knowing you’ve made your parents incredibly happy. It’s definitely something to be thankful for.


Matching Mugs and Sweet Treats


Matching mugs for your mom and dad are also a great holiday gift option. You can even personalize them further by having their pictures printed directly on them (for an extra special gift idea, use childhood photos of either them or yourself and other siblings).


Pair the photo mugs with a box of chocolates, like the Nuttery Signature Chocolate Box or the tart box and it will be a gift they’re sure to love. We think that the tarts are a particularly good choice, as each of the three is handmade, come in a classy box, and pair perfectly with a nice, hot cup of coffee. If they share with you, you’ll have something to be extra thankful for too!


Gifts for Your Employees on Thanksgiving


If you have employees that you need to buy for this Thanksgiving but aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help make it as easy on you as possible.


Corporate Confection Boxes


Consider giving them a classic corporate holiday gift box.

Each box is actually an impressive two tiers, with an attractive art deco pattern. Each level is full of a sweet array of gourmet treats, meant to show your sweet, sweet appreciation. The gift box is full of dried apricot and pineapple tidbits, craisins, dried kiwi, cookie poppers, sweet peanuts, coffee candies, and salted cashews, each in their own separate gift boxes. They are compact and will show your employees just how thankful you are for them this holiday season. It has also shown to boost morale, and that’s something you can be thankful for too! For smaller companies that can afford a little heftier holiday gift box for their employees, this 9 section corporate gift box is perfect. Each delicious section has its own tasty uniqueness - crispies, butter softies, hazelnut cigars, raspberry fruit, nut mix, BBQ pistachios, sweet peanuts, salted cashews,and salted almonds. Any employee would be thrilled to receive this gift box for any occasion, and when it’s meant to show how thankful you are for them it’s even more special. And it just looks impressive!


Smaller Gifts for Other People You’re Thankful For


Just because they’re not your family doesn’t mean you can’t treat them like they are. This holiday season, show your appreciation to the other people in your life that you’re thankful for by giving them smaller, thoughtful gifts meant to show just how much you care. Gifts like the ones we’re featuring are perfect for people like teachers, friends, postal workers, and anyone else that you’d like to thank for whatever joy or convenience they bring to your life. It’s a nice, inexpensive way to show them how important they are to you.


Chocolate Covered Oreos


One of our favorites are these classic gift boxes filled with chocolate covered oreos. The festively colored gift boxes are covered in a seasonal, fall pattern, and the chocolate covered oreos inside are not only tasty but also certified kosher! They can even be personalized with a logo for an extra special touch.


Holiday Chocolate Pie


If you need a gift to bring over to your neighbors, give to your coworkers, or bring to your church group or temple holiday event, consider the holiday chocolate pie. The pie is made out of the most rich, decadent, creamy praline chocolate that we make, and decorated by hand with festively colored chocolate decorations (in red and green). Each pie comes on its own beautiful, round tray that you won’t have to worry about bringing home with you. These pies make for the perfect holiday centerpiece, no matter wherever you have to go this holiday season. It’ll impress everyone, nearly guaranteed!


No matter what you give to show how thankful you are this holiday season, if you give a gift with love and care behind it, it’s obvious. Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!


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